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Bishop-elect Fisher to debate Australia's 'Dr Death'

Bishop-elect Anthony Fisher OP will debate Dr Philip Nitschke, one of the world's most outspoken euthanasia advocates, on Monday at Sydney University.

The debate will open next week's Life Week, being organised by the university's Catholic Chaplaincy. The event will be co-hosted by a number of organisations within the university including the Medical Society and Students' Union.

Organisers are hoping the event will attract widespread media attention and stimulate debate of the issue.

Fisher, who was last month appointed an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Sydney, is founding director of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage & Family in Melbourne. Nitschke is the Director of Exit (Australia) and Australia's most prominent Euthanasia advocate.

Other speakers are Dr Catherine Lennon, a GP active in the pro-life movement, and Adelaide bioethicist Fr John Fleming.

The debate is scheduled to commence at 1:00 pm in the Great Hall of the University.

University of Sydney/Catholic Communications

Life Week
University of Sydney Catholic Chaplaincy
John Paul II Institute for Marriage & Family
Exit Australia

8 Aug 2003